“Being able to create life and give birth to my son [Zyon] was just a wonderful feeling. It was a really emotional thing as well, because I never thought I would be in that position,” first-time mother Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce recently told the Observer’s Garfield Myers while in St. Elizabeth to make a charitable donation on behalf of her Pocket Rocket Foundation. Becoming a parent, she says, has also challenged her to reassess her priorities. “It’s just time-consuming. I have to now realize it’s no longer about me – when I want to sleep and when I want to go anywhere. It’s now about my son.” In case you’re wondering, the 30-year-old sprint queen is not ready to hang up her spikes just yet. She resumes training at MVP next month. Retirement can wait. “I don’t think it will be that hard for me,” she says of one day leaving the sport. “For me, everything is a season. When that season comes and it’s time to move on, you will know. For right now, there is a burning sensation that there is more to Shelly-Ann and more to offer.”
NO WORRIES: New JFF boss sees great things ahead for the association
Taking over the reins as President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is a tall order for Clarendon’s Mark Ricketts, but he waxes optimistic about the long road ahead for him and his executive. “We feel we have the full support of the board of directors, and I hope we have a very positive impact going forward. And from what we have seen, there are good things on the horizon,” Ricketts says. “We cannot speak of any particular arrangement, but we are working and we do hope that in short order, we will see positive change.”
ON A ROLL: Yardie star Shantol Jackson does Matey Chronicles
Thespy nominee Shantol Jackson has stepped in for Sakina Deer in Matey Chronicles at Centrestage, as Deer is on a much-deserved week-long break. Catching up with Jackson, she seems to be having a blast bonding with her costars Glen Campbell, Sharee Elise and Courtney Wilson, and inhabiting the role of Lola, a restless young woman sashaying into the life of another woman’s man. Jackson (Bad Apple, Country Wedding) is also fresh from the UK where, alongside Everaldo Creary, she was working with Idris Elba filming scenes for his highly anticipated directorial debut Yardie. It was a rewarding learning experience for the 24-year-old actress, but the weather often “got unbearably cold.” Jackson’s other screen credits include the TV series Real Friends and the acclaimed short film Sugar.
“I believe in service”: Dr. Shane Alexis on stepping forward
Is Dr. Shane Alexis the man for the now vacant South East St. Mary seat? Perhaps, but in any case, he’s admittedly a firm believer in service and nation-building above self. “Jamaica needs professionals who are willing and able to offer themselves for service. For me, it’s country first,” the PNP candidate recently told The Gleaner’s Erica Virtue. “I have offered myself because I believe in taking a hands-on approach. I believe in service and I have answered a call to participate in nation-building.”